Joust horse with chanfron
Competing joust horses have their heads protected by a chanfron. The champron (also spelled champron, chamfron, chamfrein, and shaffron).
Horses were and are so important and indispensable..
“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” One of Shakespeare’s best known lines. The quotation is nowadays sometimes repeated ironically when someone is in need of some unimportant item.
From Shakespeare’s Richard III, 1594:
Rescue, my Lord of Norfolk, rescue, rescue!
The king enacts more wonders than a man,
Daring an opposite to every danger:
His horse is slain, and all on foot he fights,
Seeking for Richmond in the throat of death.
Rescue, fair lord, or else the day is lost!
King Richard III:
A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!
Withdraw, my lord; I’ll help you to a horse.